I can hardly pretend Moroccan shopping expert Laetitia Trouillet is an insider secret. She has cornered the market in Marrakech shopping expertise, having taken everyone from editors to Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow around her favoured haunts.
I had hoped that she would be able to show us her Marrakech too – lil’sis is walking with a stick at the moment, and planning to spend hours wandering aimlessly through the souks just wasn’t realistic, but she was recently taken to court by the Moroccan tour guides’ association. In the belief that only Moroccans should do this job, they are trying to ban expats from conductinf personal shopping tours in Morocco. With the case still in process, her hands are tied, and she works on a consultancy basis only.
So we made do with a visit to her tiny store, Lalla from Marrakech with love, in the Galerie du Souk Cherifia, the little arcade of shops under Terrasse des Epices, where we had lunched earlier.
She has some really great bags and clutches. In Moroccan terms they aren’t cheap, but compared to what you might pay in London for something similar they are keenly priced. Her trademark piece is the Habibi bag:
I bought the grey studded clutch in the top photo for 850 dirhams – about £65 at today’s rate, and lil’sis bought a pretty blue leather plaited belt for 300 dirhams – about £22.
Boutique : Lalla – From Marrakech with Love xxx
Galerie du Souk Cherifia
under the restaurant “La Terrasse des Epices”
Sidi Abdelazziz, Marrakech Medina
Open every day 10h30 – 18h30 Tel : +212 (0)5 24 37 52 72